New study on particulate emissions reductions achieved with use of FT synthetc jet fuel.

November 20th, 2012

Here is a link to an article covering a new study on the huge emissions reductions realized using FT fuel in aviation.

About Face radio on 101 KXL in Portland Oregon

October 27th, 2012

Hi All! I will be on About Face radio on 101 KXL this morning at 7:00 AM Pacific.

A podcast of the interview will be available here:

A few notes on things that would have been nice to cover, but we did not have the time.

Being Portland, I am sure a great many people will be wondering, “why use coal at all?”.

The answer lies in the fact that there is no supply chain that currently exists to feed garbage derived biomass at scale. We will have to help build this from scratch, which will take time and a significant investment in the required infrastructure. The task is big enough, and the amount of feedstock required large enough, that there is no way to stand up the supply chain required for us to operate entirely on biomass at the same time as we are building the plant. De-rating the plant, operating at less than full capacity, would be death to the economics of the project. We also cannot build a smaller plant, and still achieve a competitive economy of scale that will allow us to produce at a cost competitive with oil unsubsidized. Like it or not, coal is an important bridge until we can bring this biomass supply chain into operation. Once it’s there, then we can work towards emulating places like Germany, where only 0.7% of the total waste stream actually ends up in a landfill. Everything else is either recycled, or converted into energy.

- Stephen

Peak Cheap Oil is an Incontrovertible Fact: Telegraph

August 28th, 2012

Oil: In perpetuity no more

February 21st, 2012

An excellent piece. This is precisely why I shuttered a very profitable successful hedge fund to start this company.
“Industrial civilisation’s entire economy is based on a finite resource we treat as infinite.”

JPM Hikes Crude Price Forecast, Sees $120 WTI By Election Time

February 20th, 2012

SocGen Lays It Out: “EU Iran Embargo: Brent $125-150. Straits Of Hormuz Shut: $150-200″

February 19th, 2012

Supply is a problem, and prices are running. Where does YOUR diesel and jet fuel come from?

SocGen Lays It Out: “EU Iran Embargo: Brent $125-150. Straits Of Hormuz Shut: $150-200″

Aviation and Military Biofuels: New Thinking on Finance, Fuels

February 11th, 2012

Think the military isn’t deadly serious about alternative fuels?:
“The Defense Production Act and aviation biofuels

To ensure that a commercial market for advanced biofuels developed, the US Government recently invoked the Defense Production Act of 1950, issuing a presidential finding the advanced biofuels were total to national security.”

Our customers are literally screaming for this stuff! Let’s hurry up and get this plant built!

Spokane Cleantech Conference

February 10th, 2012

We will be presenting at the Cleantech Innovation Forum in Spokane Washington next week, February 15th.

We hope to see you there!

Former Shell CEO Predicts $5/gal Fuel

February 10th, 2012

Re-posted for Sheer Awesomeness

February 7th, 2012

Those roaring engines need some fuel!